The Making of Harry Potter: 10 Reasons to Spend a Day at Warner Bros Studio Tour London
London is quite the destination. With so much to see and do right in the city, should you really venture off to the sound stages of Warner Bros to spend a day behind-the-scenes at the Harry Potter studio tour? Of course you should, and we have 10 reasons why!
The wizarding world is definitely part of my life. I started reading the books in 2003, so Harry and I have been friends for about 13 years.
I was in my first year of college when I started Sorcerer’s Stone, but I know so many people have grown up with the books and movies.
Much like Disney World can make us feel like a kid again, the world of Harry Potter pulls at those same heartstrings.
Even if you’ve visited one of the Wizarding World theme parks, there’s nothing like seeing the real thing! Give in to the nostalgia, and learn about all the behind-the-scenes artistry and true wizardry that brought this magical place to life on screen!
1. Be immersed in the wizarding world by stepping into fully-dressed sets. Before entering the exhibit, Daniel Radcliffe warns that some of the magic of Harry Potter may be removed as you see how everything was brought to life, but I did not find this to be the case at all!
2. See how you measure up next to characters, props, and sets. I had no idea just how big Hagrid is! I’m only half his size! Buckbeak is horse-sized, just as I imagined, but Aragog is a monster!
3. Appreciate the finest details that bring the Harry Potter world to life. See more than you could ever see in the films alone. Even if you’ve seen each movie a hundred times, you will not have seen all of these tiny details. The tour is self-paced, so take your time and take it all in (In case you’re wondering, we were told the most amount of time spend in the exhibit was 13 hours!)!
4. Learn how many of the props actually work. I’ll bet you had no idea that the door to the Chamber of Secrets is an ACTUAL functioning door, did you? I assumed that it was all done digitally, but the snakes actually move!
5. Climb aboard the Hogwarts Express. Even if you’ve ridden the Hogwarts Express at Universal’s Wizarding World, you need to set foot on the train actually used in the films. Each compartment is dressed to match a particular film, so you can see the subtle changes over the years.
6. Drink some Butterbeer! This studio tour is one of FOUR locations in the whole world that you can have official Butterbeer! If you’ve never had it, it’s worth a try. If you’ve had it before, you’re sure to be ready for another cup!
7. Try your luck as a Seeker. Okay, so you can’t don your Quidditch gear and go flying through the sound stages, but there are 13 Golden Snitches hidden throughout the tour. Can you find them all? We did!
8. Experience the film’s special effects first-hand by riding a broom! Sit on a broom in front of a green screen and watch yourself soar through London and over Hogwarts! Purchase your souvenir photos and video for a truly unique souvenir!
9. See original artwork and models. Before the sets, props, costumes, or any of the movie could be made, artists set to work imagining just exactly what the world would look like. I could see the ideas go from original paintings to full scenes in the films, with colors setting the mood. The small models of each location were used to plan camera angles. Smart, right?
10. Because Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. Let’s face it, if you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you HAVE to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour if you’re in the London area. It’s probably already calling to you. Show up in your house colors, get emotional over the music playing in the background, and get a little teary-eyed in each room you enter.
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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